December 25, 2008

Friday, December 26


Author in Christmas Food Coma

First of all, happy birthday to... me. (Hey, when your bithday is the day after the biggest birthday party of the year, you've got to do it yourself.) [VIA: My mother. Thanks, Mom, I wouldn't have missed it for the world.]

  • Well... I did take the night off: neo-neocon
    Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the '€˜sphere
    Bloggers were glad to see Christmas draw near.
    Their laptops were turned off and all put away
    The bloggers were swearing to take off the day.

  • The Lonely Crowd, Ver. 20.08
    This is why Obama won, I think; there are quite a few people walking around, drunk not on the milk of human kindness, but on the milk of human babble. Like fish, they swim through the mall corridors in great big schools; half a dozen, eight, ten, twelve or more. It’s not enough. Not enough companionship. Against all odds, there is still a delta between what is provisioned and what is desired. Out come the phones, text text text. -House of Eratosthenes


  • Excuses, excuses: growabrain: Dodging flying cowbells
    Sorry I haven’t updated. I spent the last three weeks getting drunk to celebrate the election of Joe Biden as America’s 47th white vice-president. I never thought I’d live to see the day. Me and some other whites went out for a drink, then after a few port and lemons Giles Poncington (a pasty acquaintance of mine) starts asking if Biden is white enough.

  • Grinch of Britain: screedblog The standard post about something that ended up not happening but would have been bad if it did The very act of asserting the symbols of your particular culture and history -- however denatured they've become -- strikes the Eurocrat as exclusionary, unless it has the requisite apologetic footnotes.

  • Guilty... but with an explanation: A Special Note Re: Hummus - Jeffrey Goldberg "Most readers know that the views expressed on Jeffrey's blog are his own and don't always reflect the views of The Atlantic. Such is the case with regard to Jeffrey's comments on the relative merits of hummus and baba ghanoush."

  • Never on auto-pilot: Cool Tools: Dyna-Glo Pro Heater "Although the heater has a thermostatic control, I prefer to use mine manually, since a gadget resembling a small rocket motor which ignites itself at unpredictable moments is enough to make me a little jumpy."

    I simply do not believe that Andrew Sullivan and his blog have given this man a sense that there is light at the end of this tunnel of political darkness. Nor do I necessarily believe that Sullivan writes them all himself, though it is clear they are all the work of a sole lunatic.

    Who he is, or what drives him (other than his own madness) I don’t know. It’s a pretty dull mystery, as mysteries go. - Chase me ladies, I'm in the cavalry

  • Jackoff and Jill: Joe and Jill feed the homeless - Carol E. Lee - "Vice President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, slipped on aprons Wednesday afternoon to serve meatloaf to a few hundred homeless people at a soup kitchen in Wilmington, Del." VIA Don Suber who notes, dryly, "Yea, with other people’s money." Biden gave $369 to charity. Per year.

  • Nostalgic Progressive Haikus of 2008 Sample:
    A lonely comment posted
    on my very progressive blog -
    with a link to Viagra.

  • Regarding Democrats: "I can find no area of expertise in all that dreadful party save for the sticking of scissors into babies’ brains and the forcing of school kids to learn the joys of sodomy. Its past accomplishments include the ruination of the black family and multiple treasons." -- The Shape Of Things To Come | The Return Of Scipio [He's just warming up, too.]

    Eartha Kitt: (January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008) Unique....

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  • Comments:


    "It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood." -- Karl Popper N.B.: Comments are moderated and may not appear immediately. Comments that exceed the obscenity or stupidity limits will be either edited or expunged.

    And don't ever forget the comments om Messrs Huttons & Sullivan pages, for they are priceless too...

    Posted by: gab at December 25, 2008 10:15 PM

    Happy Birthday, Gerard. Many happy returns!

    Posted by: Buck at December 26, 2008 2:13 PM

    Happy Birthday Gerard -

    Thanks for the notes, notices, extended essays and generous sharing of your writing and photos and blog discoveries -


    Posted by: Doug at December 26, 2008 3:09 PM

    Hey! Happy Happy Birthday, Gerard!

    Posted by: Cathy at December 26, 2008 8:54 PM